As we've reported in this story, Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch has ordered furloughed state workers in 69 "special fund' departments go back to a regular work schedule starting next month, but he stopped short of ordering immediate back pay for the tens of thousands of workers covered by his decision while Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appeals.
Union attorneys expect Schwarzenegger lawyers will ask the 1st District Court of Appeal to overturn Roesch's order. There's time for such a move, since the next "Furlough Friday" is nine days away.
Click here to read Roesch's tentative ruling, which he said will become final with no significant changes. (Note: There's a typo in the ruling: "California taxpayers will suffer irreparable harm if the appeal operates as a stay because taxpayers will not continue to lose the benefit of these employees' work for the Respondent Agencies ..." Roesch noted that the word "not" should be stricken.)